Enbridge Inc. ("Enbridge" or "the Company") announced it has acquired Tri Global Energy ("TGE"), a leading US renewable project developer, for US$270 million in cash and assumed debt. Additionally, up to approximately US$50 million in payments could be made contingent on successful execution of TGE's project portfolio. TGE is currently the third largest onshore wind developer in the US, with a development portfolio of wind and solar projects representing more than 7 GW of renewable generation capacity.
"TGE will enhance Enbridge's renewable platform and accelerate our North American growth strategy, TGE's significant development pipeline, coupled with our renewable capabilities, and existing self-power opportunities, make this a truly synergistic investment that further positions us to grow organically at attractive equity returns. We're excited to be welcoming the TGE team to Enbridge, further strengthening our capabilities as we ramp up our renewable business."
-Al Monaco, Enbridge's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Enbridge expects North American renewable power fundamentals to remain robust. Rising targets for State renewable portfolio standards and growing private sector demand for zero carbon electricity are set to drive investment in wind and solar power generation significantly higher in the next decade.
TGE's large development portfolio is well-positioned to capitalize on this growth, including 3.9 GW of renewable generation projects TGE previously sold to operators, which will generate development fees and accretion to distributable cashflow per share in the first year following the acquisition of TGE. In addition, 3 GW of late-stage development of wholly owned projects are expected to be placed into service between 2024 and 2028, providing a visible ramp up in cash flows along with a large slate of further projects in earlier stage development beyond that period.
The TGE team has successfully developed and monetized over 6 GW of utility scale renewable projects since its inception in 2009. TGE's development team will remain in place following closing of the transaction, ensuring continuity of ongoing development activities. CIBC acted as financial advisor to Enbridge and Eversheds Sutherland acted as its external legal counsel.
At Enbridge, we safely connect millions of people to the energy they rely on every day, fueling quality of life through our North American natural gas, oil or renewable power networks and our growing European offshore wind portfolio. We're investing in modern energy delivery infrastructure to sustain access to secure, affordable energy and building on two decades of experience in renewable energy to advance new technologies including wind and solar power, hydrogen, renewable natural gas and carbon capture and storage. We're committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the energy we deliver, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge's common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges. To learn more, visit us at Enbridge.com
About Tri Global Energy
Founded in 2009, Tri Global Energy is a leading renewable energy developer drawing on the natural, renewable resources of the wind and the sun to successfully address the growing demand for clean and sustainable energy. Tri Global Energy is among America's top utility-scale renewable energy developers. In fact, for more than a decade, the company has been the largest developer of wind energy projects currently under construction in Texas, the nation's leader in wind capacity. For further information on TGE please visit www.triglobalenergy.com.